I bought a demo Arcam P7 amp back in early 2004 and have been using it in a combo home theater/music setup ever since. I have a Classe SSP-800 sending it 5 channels, with the extra 2 channels of the amp being used to bi-amp my front speakers, which are Von Schweikert Unifield 3.
While I have been very pleased with the Arcam, I'm starting to get curious about an amp upgrade. Surely there are amps at a similar (or lower) price point that have come out in the last 8 years that will put this one to shame, right?
My focus leans more toward 2 channel music, but budget and space reasons don't allow me to get 2 separate systems, so I'm interested in upgrade options for a 5-7 channel amp that will sound better than the P7. It should be around the same price point or lower than the P7 was (I think retail was $4500, so a $6k retail suggestion might work, but 10k is probably out of the question). While I have been bi-amping my fronts, if you think a 5 channel amp and bi-wiring will sound better than the 7 channel Arcam setup, I'm all ears...
If anyone else has moved on from the Arcam unit to a newer one and can share your experience, even better.